In the wake of its much-publicised shared services disaster last year, the Queensland government announced today it is seeking a state government CIO to implement its digital economy strategy.
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The Queensland Government CIO (QGCIO), announced today by Queensland premier Anna Bligh, will oversee ICT project management for the government, with the successful candidate set to report directly to the Minister for ICT, and support the director-general of the state Department of Premier and Cabinet.
At the Australian Information Industry Association’s annual ICT Industry Business Lunch, Bligh said the CIO, or ‘technology tsar’, will shake up Queensland’s ICT policy development.
“We need autonomous expert advice to help us harness the white heat of the digital economy and that is what this new role can do,” Bligh said.
“We want to ensure that the Chief Information Officer has the authority to propel change and innovation and develop strong ICT infrastructure.”
Bligh claimed the position is the first of its kind in Australia, where the CIO will support technological efforts across Queensland.
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